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Road blockades paralyse Mumbai

Vaishnavi Shekhar

Tuesday 5 August 2003

MUMBAI: Massive road and rail blockades paralysed the metropolis on Wednesday during the Shiv-Sena-BJP-sponsored bandh called to protest state government’s failure to control law and order.

According to railway officials, except for CST, Masjid and Reay Road, there were rail blockades at all stations on the Western, Central and Harbour lines.

Autorickshaws, taxis and buses stayed off the roads, forcing people to walk down to railway stations.

The western suburbs also witnessed road blockades. Though there was a large police presence on the roads, there were reduced to mere spectators in several areas as Sena-BJP activists held up traffic and turned back vehicles.

The activists took out processions at Bandra reclamation and Vile Parle. At Bandra, BJP activists ripped ’Press’ sticker from a vehicle while in Andheri they smashed the windows of another press vehicle.

At S V Road, Goregaon, a crowd vented their ire on passing vehicles even as the police watched. However, when more police personnel landed up with a video camera, the crowd dispersed.

Travellers on the Western Express Highway couldn’t get far as a large number of youths, many of whom who did not seem to be affiliated to any party, joined in on the many rasta rokos.

Several state transport buses, private vehicles and trucks were stranded on the Jogeshwari flyover as their tyres were deflated by the activists.

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